10 questions for 2015
Before celebrating the end of one year and the start of the next, reflect on the past twelve months and what you have achieved. Congratulate yourself on what you have done – you deserve it!
Here is a quick look back at my 2015.
1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
Got married in May 2015 at the beautiful Colehayes Park, on Dartmoor. Our wedding was a big affair to organise as we held it over three days so that we could spend as much time with our friends and family as possible. Paul and I had it all mapped out and it went without a hitch. Everyone had a fabulous time and it was great to spend a whole weekend with people who mean so much to us.
2. What was your biggest regret?
Not being able to spend as much time as I wanted to with everyone at the wedding, there was just so much going on! I’d like to do it all over again!
3. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Starting my business, Joanne Manville Virtual Assistance. It’s something I’d considered several times but the timing was never right. In October, I launched and I’ve not looked back.
4. Where did most of your money go?
The business and the wedding! There has been a lot of investment in the business in its first few months but all the foundations are now set and I’m now looking for new clients. The wedding was also a big expense, but came in on budget which was brilliant!
5. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Spend time with friends and go out an do stuff together. Get out walking, especially on Dartmoor.
6. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating. When I left my job of seven years, I wanted to set up the business but didn’t quite have the self-belief. I did set it up ten months later but I wish I’d had the confidence to have ‘gone for it’ sooner.
7. What kept you sane?
My wonderful husband and so supportive friends and family. I couldn’t have started the business without them.
8. Who was the best new person you met?
Jo from Exminster Garage. We met at one of my earliest networking events and have become good friends. Jo has been an incredible support and sounding board.
9. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015
Trust your instincts and take risks more often (yes, I know that’s two!). I think we all know to (trust our instincts) but sometimes ignore it. I let my head rule my heart on a few occasions and I might have been a bit further ahead in my business had I jumped into the unknown a bit sooner. Being practical can be a good thing but it can also make you take less risks.
10. What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
Enjoying owning my own business – forging more business relationships to help other small businesses to grow, and enjoying quality time with friends and family.
Thank you to Megan of GetFitHappyHealthy for this blog post idea.
Now its your turn – what did your 2015 look like?